Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee has given approval to the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) to award a KD36.4m ($127m) contract to the local Combined Group Contracting Company.

The scope of the three-year contract is for the construction and maintenance of public buildings at area E of the Sabah al-Ahmed residential town project for the PAHW. The buildings will include a mosque, police station, library, and schools.

The Sabah al-Ahmad development is located 50 kilometres south of Kuwait City. When completed, Sabah al-Ahmad will comprise 9,000 housing units for Kuwaiti citizens. The development will also include commercial, health, sports, educational and other private residential areas. The local Al-Dowailah Engineering is the design consultant.

In June, the PAHW awarded Al-Najjar & Rashid General Trading and Contracting a two-year contract worth KD6.45m ($22.5m) to build three primary schools in area D of the Sabah al-Ahmed residential town project.

In August 2011, local Alamiah Building Company won a KD34.3m ($123.5m) contract from the PAHW to build the public buildings of area C at the development.

The PAHW projects are part of Kuwait’s efforts to provide housing for the country’s rapidly growing population, which is expected to increase by 63 per cent over the next 20 years, rising to 5.4 million people in 2030, from its current population of 3.4 million.